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May 20, 2014

The Benefits of Science and and Technology Summer Camp

In February 2014, 60 Minutes hosted a special on three remarkable kids. This blog discusses one of them – Jack Andraka – and his incredible feats in the medical health profession. His success comes from a variety of support systems, many of which speak to the benefits of summer camp. Camp is Great for Scientific Exploration, but Support Starts... Read More

May 1, 2014

Contributions Parents Can Make Towards Their Children’s Well-Being

In part of her series on “Parenting for Success,” Forbes Magazine author Kathy Caprino recently published an article on nine key contributions parents can make towards their children’s personal and social well-being. The article itself is quite informative, and many of the values she outlines can be supported by the activities, staff, and environment unique to summer camp. Find... Read More

April 7, 2014

Summer Camp Counselors Can Provide Guidance for Life’s Next Leap

A recent article on Kidshealth.org details how parents can support kids as they transition out of high school and into the next phase of adulthood. But parents aren’t the only ones who can help with this. As the article suggests, your teen can reach out to people within his or her network for informational interviews and professional guidance. Summer... Read More

March 26, 2014

How Computer Summer Camps Can Break Down Gender Barriers

Decreasing the Gender Gap in STEM Fields Reshma Saujani is the founder of the nonprofit organization Girls Who Code, which is inspiring and educating girls in computing skills in order to close the gender disparity in the computer science field. According to Saujani, only 27% of America’s jobs in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) are held... Read More

February 23, 2014

Girls’ Summer Camps Break Down Barriers

Rachel Simmons, cofounder of the Girls Leadership Institute and author of “Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Confidence and Courage,” provides a picture of the dramatic disparity of girls in leadership positions. In an op-ed article for CNN, Simmons explains that the reason that girls are not occupying the top political positions in schools or in... Read More

February 10, 2014

Sports Summer Camps for Girls

Parenting.com recently highlighted a study from the Archives of Disease in Childhood, finding that “only 11 percent of girls ages 5 to 8 get the recommended hour a day of physical activity, compared with 42 percent of boys.” According to Dr. Marj Snyder of the Women’s Sports Foundation, this is largely due to two presiding factors: an ongoing gender... Read More

December 26, 2013

Making Friends at Summer Camp that Will Last Throughout the Year

Kids learn so many things at summer camp. Some learn to swim, others learn a new craft and others improve their tennis game. These are all great but one of the best and most important parts of summercamp is making friends. According to Gary Forster, National Camping Consultant for the YMCA of the USA, the number one reason why... Read More

December 5, 2013

The Benefits and Concerns Around Kids and Sports

A recent article from the NYU Child Study Center interviews the Center’s sports psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor, Dr. Marianne Engle, on some of the benefits and concerns around kids and sports. Sports summer camps not only offer many of the benefits mentioned by Dr. Engle, but they also address a number of the concerns in their diverse and... Read More

November 20, 2013

Sports Summer Camps as an Alternative to Competitive Club Teams

Writer Carol Mithers recently wrote a critique of competitive youth sports for Parenting.com. She highlights the booming trend of cleat-wearing tots and 8-year-old soccer players running sprints, and offers insight about the emotional and physical health risks of specializing in sports at a young age. In contrast to this trend, summer camps engage kids in a wide diversity of... Read More

October 15, 2013

Summer Campers Make the Best Camp Counselors

Most campers have so much fun at summer camp and learn such valuable lessons they want to come back and do it all over as a camp counselor. Although being a counselor is a much different experience than being a camper, the summercamp experience teaches kids and teens alike how to become better leaders, more self confident and self... Read More